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Wallpapered City: Three new murals by Wisconsin artists to be painted in Black Cat Alley

Two Milwaukee artists and one Stevens Point artist will paint murals in September at Milwaukee’s premier street art destination, Black Cat Alley. Black Cat Alley is a public arts destination owned by the East Side BID, and managed by the artist-led group that founded it in 2016, Wallpapered City. Black Cat Alley is free and open to the public 24/7, year-round, and is visited by over 10,000 people every year. Located between Kenilworth and Ivanhoe, it is nestled in the alley between the Oriental Theatre on Farwell Avenue and Colectivo Coffee on Prospect Avenue in the historic East Side...

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Black Cat Alley hosts 2018 Mural Festival during Doors Open to welcome new artwork

Ken Brown David Najib Kasir Byada Meredith The East Side kicked off the installment of three new murals at Black Cat Alley during Doors Open Milwaukee on September 22 an 23, making a total of six new public artworks released in 2018 in the space. Following in the tradition of the original installation in 2016, the Black Cat Alley held a Mural Festival to celebrate and “unveil” the new murals to the community. All three artists are Milwaukee-based and they were chosen by a six-person jury from among more than fifty entries. Most submissions came from within Wisconsin, but...

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AlleyWayz pairs live local music with community art in Black Cat Alley

The AlleyWayz live performance series of acoustic concerts took place over the summer in the Black Cat Alley District of Milwaukee’s East Side, showcasing five emerging Milwaukee musicians in partnership with five muralists. The format presented an intimate venue with engaging performances, attended by hundreds of local residents and an online audience. The series came together as a collaboration of creatives from across the city, organized by Aaron Davis, experience designer with BLK SHP; Enrique Rodriguez, founder of Magic Studios; and Stacey Williams-Ng, program director of Black Cat Alley. “This was exactly the kind of thing we hoped would...

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88Nine presents “AlleyWayz” tiny mural concert series at Black Cat Alley

88Nine Radio Milwaukee will present AlleyWayz, a live performance series of acoustic concerts this summer at the East Side’s Black Cat Alley, between Farwell and Prospect Avenues behind the Oriental Theater. The series starts July 22 and will showcase five emerging Milwaukee musicians, in partnership with five muralists, to present intimate and engaging performances for a local and online audience. The series came together as a collaboration of creatives from across the city, spearheaded by Aaron Davis, experience designer with BLK SHP (pronounced “Black Sheep”); Enrique Rodriguez, founder of Magic Studios; and Stacey Williams-Ng, program director of Black Cat...

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Summer Soulstice Music Festival to kick off 18th season around Black Cat Alley neighborhood

The East Side Business Improvement District (BID) announced the 18th annual Summer Soulstice Music Festival, scheduled for June 23. The hyper-local neighborhood music festival celebrates the music, art, and activities of Milwaukee’s East Side, and kicks off the summer festival season. “The East Side has always been the crossroads of Milwaukee and ahead-of-the-curve on what has made Milwaukee special,” said Kristin Godfrey, Executive Director of the East Side BID. “We are so proud to present our 18th Summer Soulstice and are certain that this year’s festival will be our best ever. When you combine some of the best music...

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Artists announced for new Black Cat Alley murals

The East Side’s Black Cat Alley will kick off the installment of two new murals. Beginning on Friday April 20, visiting artist Adam Hernandez of Columbus, Ohio will begin work on a ten-foot piece titled “Godmask” from a series he has been pursuing in recent years. He will be at work on this piece for April Gallery Night and Day, April 20 to 21, and the public is welcome to visit and observe the work in progress. In May, work will begin on a larger mural in the alley. The new mural will be installed on a north-facing segment...

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